Gopal Menon became a National Master in late 2010 and has a current USCF rating of 2266. He’s played tournament chess since 2002 and hopes to advance to even higher levels in the chess world. Gopal has been teaching chess since 2005 and bases his teaching style on the importance of practical play and an emphasis on fighting spirit. Gopal enjoys chess in other forms as well, such as chess960, blitz, and bullet (one minute chess). He achieved an all-time high blitz rating of 3163 on the Internet Chess Club (ICC) as well as twice holding the number one spot on the 1-minute best list on the same site. Away from the chessboard Gopal enjoys reading, writing haikus, music (making and listening), films, and vegan cooking.